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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 9:09:11 PM on 23 August 2020.
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 Location: Belrose, NSW
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This, and the videos that follow it, I'm sure you will enjoy.

Especially the trip through the Sydney underground in a vintage electric train, with the Covid19 lockdown in evidence...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 1:59:44 PM on 25 August 2020.
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Remember well the 38's going over to Perth which is an event never to be repeated I would say. Nowadays the pool of experienced steam engine men has dried up and the other logistics would be impossible.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 2:23:31 PM on 25 August 2020.
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 Location: Alexandra, VIC
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Bit of a shame really! it would be a marvel to see a steam engine cross Australia again.
Ive always loved steam engines because after all I live next to a locomotive engine museum so I hear them go past every second weekend from my bedroom. awesome sounds.

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"the pool of experienced steam engine men has dried up"

A couple of years ago the newly restored Beyer-Garratt 6029 City of Canberra did a few runs up and down the Illawarra line.
I saw one of these at Thirlmere museum many years ago and thought at the time would never see one of them steam, being such a complex machine. But it did happen so there must be a few steam men around still.

Unfortunately the Canberra museum went bust I think.

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 Location: Sydney, NSW
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I saw 6029 at Thirlmere when I drove by a couple of weeks ago.

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GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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3801 is undergoing steam tests after finally having its boiler rebuilt -- a drawn out process that's taken something like 10 years.

Back in the 80's went on 3801 for a few picnic trips to Thirlmere and back.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 7:31:03 PM on 25 August 2020.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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There's a few of the 38XX engines left, some with the same nose as the 3801 and others with the more traditional-looking exposed boiler. A common complaint on the main north line is that the 3801's speed record between Central and Newcastle can't be broken by modern electric trains. The chances are, it could, however it would be fraught with danger given that a double-deck V-Set is more top-heavy than single deck dummy coaches towed by steam locomotives and they were also lighter overall. We've seen, with the Waterfall rail disaster, what can happen when a speeding train takes a tight corner so I doubt whether the railways will ever attempt to break the record.

The last steam train I was on was the narrow-gauge Zig-Zag Railway near Lithgow, a long time ago now. They re-tracked this line in 3'6'' gauge because the locomotives and cars from QLD were more readily available.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

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